Mallorca - Port Soller
Port Soller is located in the Soller Valley on the rugged and unspoilt Northwest coast of Mallorca, often termed as the Golden Valley for its orchards brimming with oranges, lemons and olives.
Port de Soller has a small natural harbour which is home to yachts, fishing and sailing boats, and as the sun comes up fishermen take to the port to mend their nets. The tranquil yet lively port offers an impressive array of cafes, local fish restaurants, and small craft and gift shops, and also includes a sandy area for swimming off the main esplanade and the larger beach of Es Repic around the bay.
Soller is a thriving and picturesque market town offering visitors a wide variety of artisan shops, bars and restaurants; its Saturday market is very popular with visitors from all over the island for its fresh produce and Mallorcan crafts. The train journey between Soller and the island’s capital of Palma is considered one of the most beautiful train rides in Spain and perfect for keen photographers looking for some dramatic footage. Winding its way through the imposing mountains, the train travels through 13 tunnels, across several bridges-including the famed “Cinc ponts” viaduct with its five arches until it reaches the old historic station in the heart of Palma. The northwest coast, is considered very different from some other areas of the island because to this day it still retains the authenticity, traditions and unspoilt character that attracts discerning holidaymakers to Mallorca.
Port de Soller is easily connected to Soller by road but can also be accessed by the 100 year old wooden tram, a must-do thirty minute ride that takes the visitor through orange groves, farms and narrow cobbled streets until it reaches Soller’s main square with its impressive 12th century church of Sant Bartomeu, bustling cafés and historic architecture.
Palma’s international airport has regular direct flights from many European cities, as well as several daily connections to Barcelona and Madrid.
Heritage & History
The Spanish island of Mallorca abounds with culture, history and heritage for visitors to explore.
Mallorca is said to be the cradle of the Talaiotic culture - which dates back to the Iron Age - and the society's structures remain on the island today. The Romans even founded the capital city of Mallorca, Palma, upon the remains of a Talaiotic settlement.
Mallorca went on to serve as a base for the Nationalist navy and air force during the Spanish Civil War, then, since the 1950s, has emerged as one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe.